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Principals matter: Perceptions of principals on school leadership

Melissa Poloncic, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Leadership has long been studied in education. The correlation between effective schools and quality leadership has been linked in research. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experiences of secondary school principals in leadership. Using a phenomenological approach, school principals were asked in an interview to describe the essence of effective leadership through their experiences as a secondary school principal based on their self-perceptions and needs in continuous learning as a leader. Authentic insight from the perspectives of secondary principals defined experiences that influenced them most, the essential elements of effective leaders, and the perceived needs of secondary school principals in continuously developing as a leader.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|School administration

Recommended Citation

Poloncic, Melissa, "Principals matter: Perceptions of principals on school leadership" (2016). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10090311.